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Should I register my camellia?

Only if it is to be propagated and plants distributed.

Rules on cultivar name (excerpt from the guidelines codified by the International Society for Horticultural Science)

  • Must not have been used previously (including accepted names and synonyms etc.). The entire International Camellia Register is now on-line (http://camellia.iflora.cn/), so checking will be easy.
  • Use of Latin is barred. This is reserved for Species.
  • Use of the common names of other plants is barred, except where it is the name of a person or even possibly a place. For example, ‘Rambling Rose’ would be invalid, but ‘Rose Smith’ would be valid if it is the name of a person.
  • Names should be no more than 10 syllables and 30 letters total.
  • Use of words such as cross, strain, hybrid, sport, improved, and selection are barred.
  • Should be sufficiently different from existing names, so as not to cause confusion. For example, ‘Snowcloud’ was rejected as being too close to ‘Snow Cloud’.
  • Honorifics such as Professor, Senator, and so on are required to be written in full. However, an exception is allowable in the case of Doctor. This may be spelled as Dr or Doctor in the first publication, but whichever form is used must always be retained thereafter.
  • The word "variegated" should be spelled in full to avoid confusion with variety.
  • Names may be invented words or acronyms, such as ‘Lasca Beauty’ (Lasca = Los Angeles State & County Arboretum).
  • No names with offensive connotations may be used.


International Camellia Registrar

In June 2015, the ICS nominated Professor Wang Zhonglang as International Camellia Registrar, and advised this appointment to the Council of the International Society for Horticultural Science.

His contact details are:

Professor Wang Zhonglang
Kunming Institute of Botany, 132 Lanhei Road, Kunming, Yunnan 650204, P. R. China
Tel: +86-871-6522 3702
Fax: +86-871-6515 0227
Mobile: +86-137 6911 3271
e-mail: wang@mail.kib.ac.cn

Professor Wang is supported by regional secretaries, as specified in table here below.



Jim Powell, 5 Undola Road, Helensburgh, 2508 NSW;
e-mail: jimpowell5@yahoo.com.au


Prof. Wang Zhonglang, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650204 Yunnan;
e-mail: wang@mail.kib.ac.cn

Europe (except for Italy and Spain)

Yves Chapel, Leurcarpin, Milizac 29290, France;
e-mail: Yves.Chapel.29@gmail.com


Dr. Andrea Corneo, via Sirtori 23, 20129 Milano;
e-mail: acorneo@libero.it


Prof. Dr. Satoshi Yamaguchi, Vice-president of JCS and President of Iyo CS. 1-202, 730-1, Zushi-cho, Machida-shi, 194-0203 Tokyo;
e-mail: flowerbreeder@gmail.com
tel: +81-90-2788-6964

New Zealand

Derek Beard, 14 Jasmine Place, Mt. Maunganui 3116;
e-mail: derek@mmc.school.nz


Carmen Salinero, Estacion Fitopatolóxica do Areeiro, Deputación Provincial de Pontevedra, Avda. Montero Rios, s/n, 36071 Pontevedra;
e-mail: carmen.salinero@depo.es or pilar.vela@depo.es


American Camellia Society, 100 Massee Lane, Fort Valley, Georgia, 31030
e-mail: ask@americancamellias.org

To register a new camellia with the ACS: www.americancamellias.com/education-and-camellia-care/acs-new-cultivar-registration-form

All other countries

Prof. Wang Zhonglang, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Aècademy of Sciences, Kunming 650204 Yunnan;
e.mail: wang@mail.kib.ac.cn




  1. For any information, please contact your regional secretary.
  2. Please fill an application form and mail the appropriate regional registrar. Please note that a written authorization is required from persons whose names are proposed for new cultivars.
  3. The registrar reviews the registration proposal.
  4. The registrar sees that accepted registrations receive publication in the appropriate journal, which validates the name and ensures that it becomes part of the “International Camellia Register”.


Registration by the ICS and JCS is free of charge. Some regional camellia societies charge a modest fee to cover their costs of registration and publication.

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